Grant Application

To stimulate unusual collaborations, CUCo has set up two grants, the Spark Grant and Unusual Collaborations Grant. The grants are designed to enable long-lasting interdisciplinary science collaborations and scholarships that aim for societal impact. Therefore, participation of at least three Alliance partners is required for a proposal.

Applicants must be members of the Young Academies at the alliance partner institutions or their plus ones. For more information on eligibility, please refer to the application forms or ask the UYA CUCo representatives, Susanne C. Knittel and Martine Veldhuizen. Proposed projects should have a clear societal goal.

The Spark Grants are meant for initial financial support to explore and develop a new idea and form an interdisciplinary team, while the Unusual Collaborations Grants support multi-year collaborations. To be able to apply for a grant you have to either have been involved in the Alliance Young Academy meetings or participate in the Centre for Unusual Collaborations networking events that will be organised several times a year. These events are also the opportunity to pitch ideas and connect to collaborators.

The call for proposals is now open. The first upcoming meeting is planned for 27 October 2020 from 1pm to 3pm. If you are interested in applying for the grants this year (deadline for expression of intent is 1 November), make sure to attend the upcoming meeting. 

To join the active network of the alliance, receive information directly on the upcoming meetings and activities of the Alliance Young Academy/Centre for Unusual Collaborations, please contact to be included on the mailing list.

If you seek further information regarding the calls or the alliance activities, please contact our representatives, Susanne C. Knittel and Martine Veldhuizen.

Centre for Unusual Collaborations